The weekly hearing between the Queen and the Prime Minister was by telephone only since March 2020 and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Their first face-to-face meeting in over a year. Queen Elizabeth II holds her weekly audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Buckingham Palace in London (United Kingdom) on Wednesday 23 June. The discussion took place over telephone only since its inception in March 2020, with the aim of curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the exception of one stint at her Scottish residence in Balmoral, the Queen spent most of her imprisonment at Windsor Castle in West London. According to the British press, the sovereign, who lost her husband Philip in April, now intends to stay at Windsor Castle most of the time. On the occasion of her visit to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, she personally presided over a presentation of the decorations while she is leading them by videoconference from her second residence in recent months.
These meetings were held because the coronavirus infection continues to rise in the United Kingdom, due to a strong outbreak of the delta variant, initially detected in India. Health officials on Wednesday reported 16,135 positive cases in 24 hours, the highest since early February, and 19 additional deaths, taking the total to 128,027.